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Flashback Friday: Remembering Our Birthdays

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This week marks Southwest Airlines’ 42nd birthday, so for this week’s installment of Flashback Fridays, I wanted to share a few photos and artifacts from the archives that show how we have celebrated our landmark birthdays in the past. Archives are not only places for fact-checking history, but also function like a company keepsake box, preserving items that allow our... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Ten-Minute Turn in Pictures

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For the next several weeks we’ll be publishing what we consider to be the “Best of” Brian’s Flashback Friday posts.  The first one that we’ve selected reflects a subject and practice of Southwest Airlines that still elicits respect and awe from airline insiders and the traveling public alike.  Hope you enjoy this remarkable “Quick-turn” rerun. How cool... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A BIG Weekend in 1974

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This photo couldn’t be taken today, or at least, a major company couldn’t use it in a promotion, advertisement, or advisory.  And, it’s not because of our early 70s uniforms.  No, the reason is because the big honchos of pro football would be on the phone to protect the name of the championship game.  However, back in January 1974, they weren’t as... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Not-so-Golden, Golden Days

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 One of the things I like to do here at Flashback Fridays is to place historical context behind current issues we face as an airline.  Without being too contrarian, I admit I like to burst myths of aviation’s “good old days,” that period from about 1955 to 1965 upon which everyone looks fondly today and bemoans, "Gee I wish we could travel like that... read more

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Flashback Fridays: More Early Southwest Warrior Spirit

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We owe thanks to our Original Employees for many of the traits our current Employees possess.  Probably foremost of the traits they passed down to us is the Warrior Spirit.  We know they struggled against all odds, while surviving those treacherous early years.  Their heritage is the airline we operate today.  And, we also have a pictorial record of their... read more

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Flashback Fridays—Some Odds and Ends

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While I am at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh this week, I thought I would share three photos that, when shown together, are unrelated, but individually they tell a story of our early days. This first photo shows the unassuming entrance to the ticketing wing after it was relocated to baggage claim when the other airlines moved to DFW.  The Southwest Counter is just to... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Our First Dispatch Office

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I’m excited because Flashback Friday is on a roll of finding images hidden for decades.  Last week, we found some photos of Reservations Agents from 1974, and a short while back, we had Mechanics in our original hangar.  Well this week, we have some amazing candid photos of our original Dispatch office.  Like our CS&S (formerly Reservations) folks,... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Thank You for Calling Southwest Airlines

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Customer Support & Services (CS&S) is our department formerly known as Reservations.  These hard working folks with the pleasant voices on the phone have been an essential part of our success since day one, but because Customers interact over the phone with them, they never get to see them in action like they do our Airport and Inflight folks.  I am also... read more

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Must-see Herb TV

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Thursday used to be the night of must-see TV with Friends and Seinfeld.  Well this Thursday, it is once again with CNBC presenting their in-depth look at Herb Kelleher as part of their Titans series that chronicles some of America’s top business leaders.  The production team conducted in-depth interviews with Herb, Gary Kelly, Colleen Barrett, and other longtime... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The 1970s and Southwest Airlines

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In many ways, the birth of Southwest Airlines was one of the few good things to come out of the “Swingin’ Seventies,” unless, of course, you were also born during that decade.  The Sixties were more exciting, more dangerous, more revolutionary, and the Eighties were more optimistic.  One survived the Seventies, but if you did, your shortterm memory was probably... read more

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